Central Venous Access
It is a type of IV line that is inserted into a larger vein for long term use. The tip of this catheter is usually placed in the superior vena cava, close to your heart. A specially trained doctor, known as an Interventional Radiologist, performs this procedure.
If you are already a patient in the hospital, your doctors and nurses will provide you instructions. If you are to be admitted to the hospital or discharged home after this procedure, please follow these listed instructions:
An Angio nurse will attempt to call you 1-2 days before your scheduled appointment to review these instructions, obtain important medical information, and answer questions and concerns that you may have.
You will be taken into our procedure room, where you will be placed on the x-ray table. Your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen level will be watched closely. Betadine (a brown colored soap) will be used to wash the area where the catheter will be inserted. Lidocaine or Xylocaine (the same medication a dentist uses) will be injected to numb the skin. It will sting and burn for a few seconds before the area becomes numb. A nurse will also be present to administer pain and sedation (something to help you relax) medications. The radiologist will use an ultrasound machine and/or x-rays to locate your veins. Next, a needle will be inserted through your skin into a vein and the catheter will be advanced into the superior vena cava. You may feel some pressure and discomfort when the catheter is inserted.
The catheter site will be covered with a dressing. The site may ooze for the next 24 hours. The catheter may be used immediately.
After the procedure, you will be taken to our recovery room. You may eat your usual diet, unless you are nauseated or sedated, or you are scheduled to have other tests. Once the anesthetic wears off, you may have some discomfort for a day or two. Before you are discharged from the hospital, a nurse will provide instructions and supplies on how to care for your catheter for you and/or a family member.
This depends on the reason you needed the catheter.
Please call the following numbers:
· Daytime (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) Monday-Friday: (434) 924-9401.
· Other times or on weekends and holidays: (434) 924-9400.
Ask for the Angio/Interventional Radiologist Fellow on call.
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